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Kermit Fall Festival prepares to kick off

September 4, 2013

Rachel Baldwin


Staff Writer


KERMIT - The highly anticipated, annual Kermit Fall Festival that has been a hit with the public for many years is scheduled to take place this Saturday, September 7, with events beginning as early as 7:30 a.m.


However, the annual Fall Festival “Cruise in Car Show” is set for Friday evening between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Kermit Community Park. Dash plaques will be awarded and there is no entry fee. The event organizers welcome the public to come out and see some beautiful automobiles and partake of some delicious food, while you listen to the oldies but goodies.


According to information released from the Kermit City Hall, registration for the 5K Walk/Run 4 Autism will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, with the racers darting across the start line at 8 a.m. The entry fee is $20 and all who register will receive a free t-shirt. Trophies will be given in all age brackets, along with a selection of door prizes. To pre-register or for additional information, you may call 304-393-4380 or visit their Facebook page at “Kermit 5K Walk/Run 4 Autism”. All proceeds will benefit the Mingo County Autism Association.


At 10 a.m. at the City Park, awards will be presented for the top finishers in the Autism Walk and the vendors will be set up and ready to peddle their wares. Food vendors who will tempt your taste buds with a variety of delicious food and sweets will stay in place throughout the day. The “Kid’s Dash Race” will also begin at 10 a.m. with age divisions 3-5, 6-8, and 9-11. For additional information, you may call 304-601-2631.


At 10:30 a.m., the 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament with a $20 team entry fee will begin. T-shirts will be given to the top four teams and winners will also receive trophies. The event is being chaired by Michael Evans and Caressa Muncy. Kid’s booths and arts and crafts vendors will be selling a variety of items. For more information on this activity, you are asked to call Anna Mae Sartin at 304-393-3395.


There will also be a book signing featuring local author Kyle Lovern. He most recent book is “Memories of Tug Valley,” which has lots of old, nostalgic pictures from the area, including many from the town of Kermit.


At 11 a.m., the “Anything that Floats” race that is being sponsored by the Kermit Volunteer Fire Department will begin, and is always a crowd favorite. Tommy Preece, the Fire Chief, is in charge of scheduling for this event and may be contacted at 304-393-4042.


At noon, dogs and cats will vie for the sought after trophies during the annual pet show that features a number of categories including most unusual pet and most photogenic, and will be followed by a gospel sing, a corn-hole tournament and a karoke contest. There is no entry fee for the pet show and pre-registration is not needed. For additional information, call 304-393-3649 or 393-4380.


Between the hours of 6 and 8 p.m., there will be a free music concert featuring local teen-sensation, “Miss Kelsie May”, who will be taking the stage at approximately 7:15 p.m. Local artists Henry May and Renee Jones will be entertaining the crowd prior to the main musical event.


The Kermit City Hall employees along with the mayor and council members invites everyone to come out and share the day with them and enjoy great food, activities, fellowship and music.